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November 17, 2014

City allows trans people to legally change their gender without a court order

Mexico City has approved a bill to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without a court order.

The Legislative Assembly of the Federal District passed the legislation on Thursday (13 November) by 42 votes to zero. Six lawmakers abstained.

Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera proposed the bill on the recommendation of the assembly's Commission for Attention to Vulnerable Groups.

Jorge Zepeda Cruz, president of the commission, said in a statement that the legal changes were ‘inevitable.’

November 17, 2014

Dating website is taking some inspiration from Facebook, hoping to reach a broader demographic of users

Online dating website OkCupid has expanded its gender and sexuality options for its users.

Previously only allowing users to identify as either male or female as their gender, and gay, straight, or bisexual as their sexual orientation, the website is slowly rolling out the new options.

The gender options are now: woman, man, agender, adrogynous, bigender, cis man, cis woman, genderfluid, genderqueer, hijra, intersex, non-binary, other, pangender, transfeminine, transgender, transmasculine, transsexual, trans man, trans woman and two-spirit.

November 14, 2014

Bangkok-based agency has 18 girls in its trans division

A Thai modeling agency has launched the first transgender model division in the world.

The Bangkok-based Apple Modeling Agency annouced the division on Tuesday (11 November) and has 18 transgender girls on its books.

Apple is one of the leading and largest modeling agencies in the southeast Asian country.

Draq queen Pangina Heals interviewed ten of the models for Coconuts TV on a photo shoot for Lips magazine.

'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

November 8, 2014

According to right wing pundit Glenn Beck, men watching romantic movies is so emasculating they should get ‘their winkie cut off with a butter knife’

Three US radio hosts joke and laugh in a radio segment filled with sexist and transphobic ‘jokes.’

Right wing pundit Glenn Beck was on his segment of The Blaze Radio with two companions Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray when the discussion turned to movies.

Beck, who regularly voices his offensive opinions on the LGBTI community, couldn’t resist the opportunity to make some sexist and transphobic jokes.

November 7, 2014

Judge says the law is 'degrading, oppressive and inhuman'

A Malaysian court today scrapped a ban on Muslim transgender women wearing female clothing in Negeri Sembilan, a landmark ruling that could trigger similar challenges in other states.

The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the Sharia law contravened the constitution and did not give transgender women 'the right to live with dignity.'

Judge Mohamad Yunus said the law and punishments were 'degrading, oppressive and inhumane.'

October 28, 2014

Report finds 87 per cent of the country's LGBTI people are not out

LGBTI Mongolians face social stigma and violence despite living in the first Asian country to teach LGBTI issues in schools, according to a new report.

The report was conducted by the United Nations Development Program and US Aid and is the first comprehensive review of LGBTI rights in the north Asian country.

It highlighted the lack of published records of LGBTI before the transition to democracy in 1992 and until recently, there was no word in the Mongolian language for gay or transgender.

October 23, 2014

Legislators oppose a clause requiring transgender people have sex change surgery

Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday dismissed an amendment to marriage laws that would have recognized the status of transgender people who have had sex change surgery.

The Marriage (Amendment) Bill was voted down by 40 lawmakers to 11 at its second reading. Five Legislative Council members abstained.

October 19, 2014

The transgender community in the Philippines held a community press conference for the first time yesterday to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case

Transgender groups including the Association of Transgender People in the Philippines (ATP) have renewed their calls for the government to take more proactive steps to protect members of the LGBTI community.

The ATP and other LGBTI community groups held a press conference at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday following the brutal murder of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, last Saturday. She was found dead with her head in a toilet bowl in a motel.

October 16, 2014

Transgender students in the Indian capital also qualify for the 25% school quota for disadvantaged children

Transgender children in New Delhi now qualify as 'disadvantaged' and are eligible for free education at public schools.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said transgender students belonged to the 'disadvantaged category' under the Right to Education Act and were therefore eligible for 25% reservation under the economically weaker section and disadvantaged students for admission.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 7, 2014

Poll finds 68% of Jamaicans feel LGBTI people should not have the same rights as others

Nine in ten Jamaicans said the country's sodomy law that criminalizes gay sex between men should not be repealed, according to a new poll.

Only 5% said the law should be abolished and 4% said they did not know.

The poll interviewed people and was conducted on 6-7 September and 13-14 September. It was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

The poll also found that 82% of Jamaicans said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or the police.

October 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

September 27, 2014

Cast and show's creator hope groundbreaking TV series will help public acceptance of trans people

Jeffrey Tambor feels like he's landed the part of a lifetime.

The actor, best known for his roles on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show, is now starring in Transparent as a father with three grown children who is transitioning from male to female.

To play transgender female Maura Pfefferman in the dramedy, which premieres tonight on Amazon Prime, Tambor did his homework.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated,' she said.

September 22, 2014

Trans teenager writes groundbreaking picture book I Am Jazz, a story that could help thousands of trans kids by making them feel less alone

'I Am Jazz' is a new children's book set to change the face of transgender children.

Jazz Jennings, the co-author, knew she was a girl from the age of two. Now 14, she wants to help other children like her that feel different from other kids.

Intended for children between the ages of four and eight, Jennings is hoping I Am Jazz will allow children struggling with being transgender to 'step out of their shadows'.

'For transgender kids who are struggling, I want them to know they're not alone,' Jennings told People magazine.

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.